Government of Canada Announces Further Support to Canada's Reserve Force Veterans – Veterans Affairs Canada's Earnings Loss benefit increased

March 13, 2015
CALGARY, ALBERTA — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, today announced on behalf of his colleague, the Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister for Veterans Affairs, that the Government of Canada will honour its pledge to remedy the inequity facing part-time Reserve Force Veterans by increasing the Earnings Loss benefit for those who qualify. Minister Kenney addressed veterans in Calgary today about the Government’s support to the Reserve Force, including the announcement of this important change.
This Earnings Loss benefit provided through Veterans Affairs Canada provides support for Veterans with service-related injuries while participating in VAC’s rehabilitation program, or who are unable to be suitably or gainfully employed.
Quick Facts
The Earnings Loss Benefit for part-time Reservists is currently calculated based on a prescribed income of $2700 per month, regardless of rank. As a result, the 75 per cent Earning Loss Benefit paid every eligible part-time reservist up to $24,300 annually. As of April 2015, that minimum will be raised to $42,426 and the monthly income used to calculate the ELB will be the reservists’ inputted monthly salary.
Today’s announcement responds directly to concerns raised by the Veterans Ombudsman and the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Programs and policies continue to be enhanced to ensure that Canadian reservists, including Reserve Force veterans, receive the widest possible support, care, and recognition they deserve.
Canada’s Primary Reservists served in crucial roles in Afghanistan, where they provided almost 25 per cent of the deployed strength at the height of the mission. The Primary Reserve units have been recognized alongside their Regular Force counterparts with South-West Asia Theatre Honours, created to recognize the dedication and sacrifice made by Canada’s men and women in uniform who took part in this conflict.
In November 2014, the Government of Canada expanded its support to employers of Reserve Force members, providing financial support to employers of reservists who deploy on operations.
The Canadian Rangers, who serve a critical role in safeguarding Canadian sovereignty in the North, have been expanded by 20 per cent to 5000. The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve. They provide patrols and detachments for national-security and public-safety missions in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada.
Quotes

“The Reserve Force is critical to a strong Canadian Armed Forces. Its veterans must be honoured and compensated for their sacrifice. Together with my colleague, Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole, I will ensure our Canadian Armed Forces members, Regular and Reserve, have the resources they need, and the care and support they so highly merit.”
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence
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Lauren ArmstrongPress Secretary to the Minister of National DefenceOffice of the Minister of the Department of National Defence(613) 996-3100
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